How do mechanisms of power destine to what – and by whom – the gaze is directed, and what is understood by the viewer? Why can the cinematographic experience of time and the point of view be considered political? How can aesthetically pleasing landscapes indicate socially and ecologically tragic situations? What possibilities of storytelling are not fully explored by conventional documentary cinema? Is ecological landscape cinema possible? The search for answers to these questions is an inseparable part of viewing Benning's films.
This programme invites the viewer to experience the unique rhythm of the artist's films, encounter invisible everyday phenomena and the implications of noticing them, and... read landscapes creatively.
The program curated by Lukas Brasiskis was screened at 14-17 February 2019, at the Contemporary Art Center's Cinema, Vilnius, Lithuania.